Hospitals: Admissions

Health written question – answered on 11th July 2012.

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Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Conservative, Kingswood

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total number was of unplanned hospital admissions involving patients over the age of 65 in each year since 1997.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Count of finished admission episodes(1) (FAEs) for patients aged 65 and over where there was an emergency admission method(2) in England from 1997-98 to 2010-11
Activity in English NHS Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector
  Episodes
1997-98 1,406,319
1998-99 1,481,856
1999-2000 1,506,837
2000-01 1,504,752
2001-02 1,519,192
2002-03 1,565,315
2003-04 1,674,083
2004-05 1,749,336
2005-06 1,810,531
2006-07 1,818,011
2007-08 1,844,259
2008-09 1,975,273
2009-10 2,050,451
2010-11 2,109,794
(1) Finished admission episodes A finished admission episode (FAE) is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. FAEs are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year. (2) Method of admission (emergencies) This field contains a code which identifies how the patient was admitted to hospital. The codes used to identify emergency episodes are: 21 = Emergency: via Accident and Emergency (A&E) services, including the casualty department of the provider 22 = Emergency: via general practitioner (GP) 23 = Emergency: via Bed Bureau, including the Central Bureau 24 = Emergency: via consultant out-patient clinic 28 = Emergency: other means, including patients who arrive via the A&E department of another health care provider Notes: 1. Assessing growth through time Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage (particularly in earlier years), improvements in coverage of independent sector activity (particularly from 2006-07) and changes in NHS practice. For example, apparent reductions in activity may be due to a number of procedures which may now be undertaken in out-patient settings and so no longer include in admitted patient HES data. 2. Data quality HES are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) in England and from some independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. The NHS Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The NHS Information Centre for health and social care

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